Hatcher's Six-Actor Jekyll & Hyde Gets Chicago Premiere by Northlight

News   Hatcher's Six-Actor Jekyll & Hyde Gets Chicago Premiere by Northlight Northlight Theatre in suburban Chicago begins its 2008-09 season Sept. 25 with the area premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's small-cast adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, directed by Jessica Thebus.

The Sept. 25 opening night follows previews since Sept. 17 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL. The production runs to Oct. 26.

Northlight notes ask, "What happened the night that Henry Jekyll died? Against the backdrop of Victorian London, the respected doctor has begun to display alarmingly erratic behavior toward his friends. At the same time, a mysterious figure haunts the city's streets under the cloak of the London fog. Nationally renowned playwright Jeffrey Hatcher brings Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale to life with a fiendishly clever and theatrically innovative new adaptation, with four actors playing Mr. Hyde."

Hatcher, author of last season's smash hit Ella at Northlight, also penned the regional favorites Scotland Road, Three Viewings, A Picasso, Tuesdays With Morrie, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Murderers.

The cast features Patrick Clear (Ensemble), Thomas J. Cox (Ensemble), Cindy Gold (Ensemble), Danny McCarthy (Ensemble), Nick Sandys (Dr. Jekyll) and Cora Vander Broek (Elizabeth).

The designers are Collete Pollard (scenic), John Horan (lighting), Tatjana Radisic (costume) and Victoria DeIorio (sound). Adam Ganderson is the stage manager. Director Thebus most recently collaborated with Northlight when she directed Inherit the Wind in 2006. She is an associate artist with Steppenwolf and an artistic associate at About Face Theatre and The Corn Exchange in Dublin, Ireland. Recent projects include Hatcher's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw at Writers' Theatre; Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Laura Eason's adaptation When the Messenger Is Hot at Steppenwolf and 59E59 in New York City; The Clean House at The Goodman (After Dark Award–Best Director); Lady Madeline and Intimate Apparel at Steppenwolf; Aren't We All with Remy Bumppo; About Face Theatre's Pulp (Jeff nomination–Best Director, After Dark Award–Best Production) and Winesburg, Ohio (Jeff nomination–Best Director, After Dark Award–Best Director); Salao: The Worst Kind of Unlucky with Redmoon Theatre (where she is a long-time collaborator); and Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl and Abingdon Square by Maria Irene Fornes at Piven, where she is a long-time member of the teaching staff.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. For more information call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org.